You are a lover of motorhome travel and you hesitate to take your pet with you. However, the very fact that you have a pet is already sufficient proof that you love animals. Therefore, you would surely agree that your faithful companion is also entitled to travel and holidays. Wouldn’t you? But how do you go about it? That sounds complicated to do. Don’t be mistaken. You just have to know the right tricks. That’s what this article is all about.
PREPARATIONS BEFORE DEPARTURE
If you want to take your pets with you in a motorhome, there are a few basic formalities that you should absolutely consider compulsory. Firstly, check the vaccinations. Regulations have become strict on this subject. For example, nowadays in the European Union, all dogs accompanying their owners on a trip abroad (within the EU) must carry a pet passport and documents proving that they have been vaccinated against rabies. Secondly, please ensure that your pet remains identifiable at all times. This is usually done by a special mark on its fur or skin. Nowadays, pet owners are becoming more and more accustomed to the use of microchips, and this is by far the most effective method of tracing your pet. Thirdly, make sure you check with the competent people in charge of the campsite where you intend to stay. To avoid unpleasant surprises, you must be sure that they accept pets on the premises. Also think about the hygiene of the animal, give it an adequate treatment if it has fleas for example, remove the hair that falls out.
WHERE TO PUT THE PET IN THE MOTORHOME DURING THE JOURNEY?
This is a question that concerns many of us. And that’s quite normal because we don’t want to tie his paws up and put him in a drawer until we get there! The first rule is to think about the safety of the animal during the journey. It is preferable that he travels at floor level. If you put him on a piece of furniture, there is a good chance that he will be thrown forward with a big jump in case the driver brakes suddenly. Some animals have the advantage of being able to be put in transport cages. Don’t worry, the models designed are becoming more and more pleasant for the pet.
IN CASE YOU TRAVEL OFTEN
It may be that at some stage of his life (or the rest of his life), the owner of the animal lives a nomadic life and travels with his motor home very often. He may even live in his motor home. This is a common fact. How would then the daily life of his pet be? A trick often used by those who do this practice is to put the animal in the hold, in a space reserved only for him, like a kennel, which can be closed and opened. Don’t forget to serve its food at the same time every day. A nomadic life does not mean a life out of order. This is true for the master and for the animal.